Get into dat Heritage groove with this month’s playlist, curated by resident CreativeMornings DJ Jim Quindlen.
Playlist and highlights at http://creativemornings.com/blog/playlist-heritage.
Registrations go live for CreativeMornings with The Alexanders in just under half an hour, at 11am! Excite!
While you wait for that e-scrum, why don’t you check out our latest email update?
Morning People: The Alexanders
July’s CreativeMornings talk is just over a week away from happening, so we thought we should take a moment to get the scoop on two of our three speakers. Meet Kate (of Places & Graces) and Grant (of Studio Alexander)!
Who are you?
- Kate: I’m a mum, partner, friend, creative.
- Grant: A person who loves the Bodoni regular lowercase g.
What gets you up in the morning?
- Kate: People get me up in the morning. The possibility of who I might meet, the conversations that might occur and the reaction to my projects I might encounter.
- Grant: The idea of getting my hands on a Bodoni regular lowercase g.
Explain what you do in Five words or less.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
- Kate: I make things looks pretty.
- Grant: Manipulate the Bodoni lowercase g.
What is your favourite thing about Auckland?
- Kate: I bite my fingernails. I had a ratstail haircut in the 80’s. My favourite song is ‘girls just want to have fun’. If I could come back in a second life inside a tv show I would choose Madmen.
- Grant: I think the Bodoni regular lowercase g is a meal in itself.
Best breakfast you’ve ever had?
- Kate: The water. I definitely would suffocate if I had to live inland. I love Auckland for its vistas of water and islands. It feels like there are no edges.
- Grant: Unlike Newmarket there isn’t one retailer in Ponsonby that has transgressed with the Bodoni regular lowercase g.
- Kate: Nothing beats cold pudding for breakfast… Apple crumble or Christmas pudding, especially if there is leftover custard too. (I have a sweet tooth)
- Grant: Bodoni and beans with a regular coffee.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
- Kate: Choose what you want to do in life, then who you are going to take with you. Unfortunately I am not good at listening to advice.
- Grant: There are only three typefaces in the world that matter and Bodoni is one of them.
Who would you love to hear speak(Anyone from any point in time)?
- Kate: The oldies - Joan Miro, or anyone from the Bauhaus. The newbies - stylist Sibella Court, Artist Kirra Jamison, blogger Alana Broadhead.
- Grant: David Byrne on why Bodoni regular is the only typeface you should use with Powerpoint.
- Kate: I can turn even the ugliest room into a thing of beauty.
- Grant: The power to persuade every client that Bodoni regular is the right typeface for their work
How can our heritage define us?
- Kate: I think heritage comes into play as we get older. When you wonder ‘how did I get here’, then you realise part of your journey was pre-determined by who and what came before. Creatively it can give a starting point, family history is inspiring. And it can provide a goal. Now that I have children, heritage for me is also about what do I want to teach my children, how would I like them to remember me. How will I be described to my great great grandchildren… Hopefully, as that ‘slightly crazy maverick creative lady’!
- Grant: By acknowledging genius in all its forms. e.g. Giambattista Bodoni got there before us.
Kate, Grant and Elliot Alexander will be speaking speaking at CreativeMornings on Friday 25 July, hosted by AUT. Full details here.
Tickets go live Monday 21 July at 11am. Sign up to our newsletter to get a reminder email on Monday morning.
"People will get on board with a good idea."
— Celery Productions.
Catch up with the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/celery-productions/1
CreativeMornings HQ have rounded up ten books on July’s theme of Heritage, as sourced from the CM community.
Check it out and get your read on here →
We have an amazing team of volunteers and partners who help us make CreativeMornings happen every month. We think they’re super cool and you should totally meet them.
This week: Meet Eddy Helm!
- Who are you?
- How do you help out at CreativeMornings/Akl?
Technically, I’m the co-host. But really I do anything I can to help make Jade & Kaan’s life easier. Sometime’s that means I introduce the speakers, sometimes I make the coffee; but mostly, I just pay any bills that come our way.
- What gets you up in the morning?
Running Curative with my best friend and the best team anyone could ask for makes it pretty easy to get out of bed each morning. We work on projects that make the world a little bit better, and that means we get to meet, work with, and bring to life the stories of amazing change-makers. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.
- Tell us a surprising fact about yourself.
I don’t drink coffee. Strange for a morning person, but a cup of tea is all I need to start my day.
- What is your favourite thing about Auckland?
I love walking up Mt Eden, and looking out over the whole city all the way to Waiheke Island. No matter how many times I do it, I still always try to spot my apartment building from up there.
- Best breakfast you’ve ever had?
It’s become a tradition for us to bake croissants on Christmas morning, and enjoy them with avocado, tomato, and a big bowl of fresh fruit salad. I’ve had some pretty great breakfasts, but Christmas morning with my family is always the best.
- Favourite CreativeMornings/Akl so far?
We’ve had so many great ones - but the stand-out for me is still Richie Hardcore’s talk about being a Rebel. It really seemed to inspire and challenge the audience too - think that’s the perfect balance for a CM talk.
- Favourite CreativeMornings talk from the global library?
I have to confess that I really haven’t watched many… time would be such a fine thing.
- Favourite CreativeMornings Quote?
"Create an environment where it’s not only safe to fail, but required to fail."
— Seth Godin.
Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/seth-godin/1
Freddie from MailChimp and CreativeMornings are teaming up again to bring CM to three new cities! In an effort to highlight July’s theme of Heritage around the world, we’re beginning a month-long search for three outstanding organizers who love CM, want to start a chapter locally, and can speak to the concept of heritage in the context of their city.
To kickstart the new chapters, each new organizer will receive a $1,000 USD starter sponsorship from MailChimp for the chapter’s first few events.
Find out more here. →